I’ve been a gallery artist with Stone Soup Gallery on White Street (just down the street from The Studios at Key West) for several years now. How I got to be a gallery artist in Key West is a fun story.
About seven years ago I was asked to teach my very first art workshop for a brand new workshop business on Amelia Island, Florida. In fact, I was their very FIRST workshop teacher. When they first asked me to teach I was like “What? Me? Teach” And you can read a fun article about how that all came out on my Blogspot here.
Shortly before the class was to run, I received an email from a gentleman named Sean who said he was driving from New Mexico to Key West and planned to specifically alter his route and time frame in order to take my class. “What?” I thought, “This is a LOT of pressure.” Sean gave me his website address in his email and I looked him up. “What in the WORLD am I going to teach someone as talented as THIS GUY????” I asked my husband, and I began to sweat bullets.
As the blog story tells, it all worked out well with the class and with Sean. He was super talented in watercolor and his under-painting was marvelous, but when it came to ripping and gluing, it was another story and I breathed a sigh of relief. Whew.
Sean and I actually hit it off because after the class he told me he loved it and I told him I had never, EVER taught before. We laughed so hard.
Three years later Sean was managing the Stone Soup in Key West and called to ask if I’d like to have my work represented there. Heck yeah!
Another former student from an Upstate NY Class forwarded me a link for the Key West Culture Guide Cover Contest and told me I should submit. I looked it up and low and behold, who’s artwork was on the current version of the guide? Sean’s.
I submitted and waited. Just like me, the longer I waited, I forgot about it. Then one day I got a phone call, the woman told me I had been unanimously chosen for the cover of the Culture Guide by the six judge panel. “Wow! that’s so awesome” I said, wondering when I had submitted, it had to have been months ago…. “AND she said, you will be receiving a payment of $1000 for the use of your art on the cover.” It was like Christmas. Kind of like when I order art supplies and forget about it, and then a present arrives on my doorstep.
There are benefits to being forgetful.
So, seven years later Sean and I appear back to back on the Guide cover. And today he sent me a photo of it in print. “Wow! I didn’t know it was out yet!” was my reaction to the funny photo he texted me this afternoon as I enjoyed the service department’s free wifi.
Friendship, camaraderie, learning and growing. These are the things that come out of teaching and sharing what you know with others. It’s incredibly rewarding not just in the short- but also for the long-term.
for being a part of
My Art Journey,
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